The public fascination with Marilyn Monroe will likely never die.
At the height of her fame she was impossibly larger than life, but before Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes she was just another 21-year-old hopeful ingenue looking to make it big in Hollywood. In honor of the anniversary of her death this week, Life.com has published a slideshow of never-before-published outtake images from the Life digital archives that show the woman before she was an icon.
The photos, from the 1948 set of Sitting Pretty, which Monroe did not appear in, show a happy Monroe next to then-aspiring actress Laurette Luez and Hollywood veteran Clifton Webb, and highlight the point in the actress’ life that was “the calm before the storm,” Life.com editor Ben Cosgrove told EW.
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